This is an introductory trek in the Khumbu Valley offering spectacular views of Everest and nearby peaks. From the base at Lukla (2800m), you walk north along the forested Dudh Kosi Valley to the market town of Namche Bazaar (3440m) via Phakding (2652m). From here you climb north to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung, or west to the monastery at Thyangboche (3867m). There are excellent views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8512m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and many other peaks. From Pangboche just beyond Thyangboche, there is the possibility to walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp or to climb Tawoche Hill (5000m) before heading back along the trail to Namche Bazaar and Lukla.
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As a fantastic first taste of Asia, we have a day to soak up the bustling market streets and colourful temples of downtown Kathmandu. Then, after taking the exciting flight to Lukla in the mountainous Khumbu district, we allow 3 days for the short trek to Namche Bazaar, staying in comfortable lodges and accompanied by a Nepalese tour guide and team of Sherpas. With a day to explore the Sherpa capital, followed by 2 short days up to the monastery village of Thangboche, we enjoy fantastic mountain scenery, including views of Mount Everest and the striking Ama Dablam. During our easy-paced walking tour we will have the chance to visit a number of pretty Sherpa villages and learn a little about the way of life of these hardy people. If you are looking to introduce your children to the delights of real Himalayan trekking, this trip has been purpose-made for youngsters, with short trekking days, a good standard of accommodation and the back-up of KE's unrivalled experience in this part of the world.
The Mount Everest National Park has been a popular destination for trekkers and climbers alike, since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1950's. Up until now trekking in this stunningly beautiful region involved either camping or staying at basic tea houses. Now it is possible to trek in the Khumbu staying at comfortable lodges with all the modern conveniences of a city hotel. Our luxury lodges all offer spacious rooms which are pleasantly decorated and have attached bathrooms with running hot and cold water. Best of all, each has been carefully sited to present a magnificent panorama of the Himalayas from the lodge itself. Based around the 'Yeti Mountain Home' chain of luxury lodges - at Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Thame and Kongde, this holiday promises the best standard of accommodation in the Khumbu and a whole new way to experience the Everest region. During our 9 days in the homeland of the Sherpas, we trek to Namche and have a day to explore this thriving settlement, before heading on to Thame. Here, we can hike to Sumdur Ridge (4830m) for unforgettable views of a host of big peaks, including Cho Oyu. Our return to Lukla then follows a brand-new trail, traversing rhododendron-covered slopes on the west side of the valley to Kongde, a veritable 'eagles nest' with a unique panorama of Everest Lhotse and Ama Dablam. This is a sensational view which people on the standard 'Everest Trail' do not get to see. A day-hike to the excellent viewpoint of Farak Ri for an even more expansive outlook on the Khumbu Valley is an option from Kongde. Twin bedded and heated rooms, en suite bathrooms and pleasant dining areas can now be a part of your trekking holiday to Everest.
This easy Nepal trek in the foothills of Mount Everest starts with an easy stroll on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, where we gain a first distant view of Everest. A short flight then takes us up into the Khumbu, a region of high peaks and valleys in the shadow of the world's greatest peak. Here, our relaxed week of trekking allows us to experience the unrivalled mountain scenery of the Khumbu, including the classic view of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam from Thyangboche Monastery. Visiting a succession of Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar and the charming and quite remote village of Thame, the popular myth of 'Shangri La' will seem all-too-real. On our return to Kathmandu, there is the option of taking an early morning 'Everest Flight' for a dramatic finale. Suitable for any weekend hillwalker, this short trek offers an excellent introduction to the delights of trekking in the Himalayas, including those all-important views of Mount Everest.
Until the airstrip was built at Lukla in 1964, all treks into the Khumbu passed through the village of Jiri (1950m) in the Dolakha region of east Nepal. Our classic trekking holiday begins with a jeep road transfer from Kathmandu, via Jiri, to the roadhead at Shivalaya (1810m). From here, we set off on a stunning 8-day trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, on a walking trail which has been beautifully quiet for decades. Starting out at a modest altitude, and staying in simple lodge accommodation each evening, this short gem of a trek accumulates lots of up and down as it heads eastwards across the grain of the country, crossing a succession of rivers and forested ridges. With its picturesque terraced fields, charming villages, colourful monasteries and friendly people, this trekking holiday provides an unforgettable taste of Nepal's unspoiled Himalayan foothills. Finally, reaching the Khumbu Valley, we are rewarded by inspiring views of snow-capped peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Mount Everest itself. The memorable flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla is a great way to end this classic experience. This is the perfect trekking holiday for those who want to experience a quieter side of Nepal at lower altitudes while still offering exceptional views of Everest. If you wish to extend your trek to include Everest Basecamp, this trip can be connected to departures of the Classic Everest Basecamp Trek. The result is a 24-day itinerary that costs just £1645 Land Only.For some fantastic ideas to extend your holiday in Nepal, from riding elephants in Chitwan to tours in Bhutan or Tibet - check out extensions.
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